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Cabbagetown, built as a home for nearby mill workers after the civil war, is now one of the cultural touch points of Atlanta. While there are a few explanations for where the name came from, the most well known story is that the original mill-working residents were German and Scottish immigrants that cooked a lot of cabbage and made the town smell as such. The name “Cabbagetown” was hurled as an insult, but eventually became a point of pride for it’s residents.

After the civil war, Jacob Elsas built the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill. Because there was so much unused land next to it, he decided to erect a community of shotgun houses for employees, many of whom were transplants from the Appalachians, so they could live close to work. At its peak, the mill employed 2,600 workers, and Cabbagetown thrived. They eventually experienced a steep decline after the mill closed in the 1970’s. Along with much of Atlanta, this neighborhood experienced new growth during the 1990’s and today.
What’s Unique About the Area
Cabbagetown is a great area to walk around for street art enthusiasts. The Krog Street Tunnel, which connects Cabbagetown to Inman Park, is the centerpiece of the community’s street art scene. The art is managed by a local interest group called the Wallkeepers Committee of the Cabbagetown Initiative, and they have done a great job bringing in notable artists to add color and flare to the town. Another reason to love Cabbagetown is that it is close to the Beltline. Cabbagetown is bounded by Oakland Cemetery, Inman Park and Reynoldstown.
Some of the original one and two story shotgun homes that were originally built as mill worker homes still exist, but much of the architecture has changed and been rebuilt. There are similar style craftsman bungalows, as well as Late Victorian and Romanesque houses.
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Elementary: Cook, Parkside

Middle: King

High: Southside

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Neighborhoods nearby: Reynoldstown, Sweet Auburn, Grant Park, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Capitol Gateway, and Ormewood Park

Neighborhood association: Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association

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